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Sun ‘n Fun Swimming Club in Springfield was an investment opportunity

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There was a time after World War II when swimming pools in the United States were built not only for recreation, but also as investment opportunities. The Sun ‘n Fun Swim Club was one such place in Springfield.

Sun ‘n Fun opened in the summer of 1962 on farmland along Chatham Road, which was once part of the old South West Airport. The club’s backers included trucking company owner William “Billie” Cox, Walter Wagner, director of the Springfield Trade and Industry Association, Springfield Mayor Lester Collins, and others.

Cox, who led the development group, had a variety of business and political interests. He served as Springfield Airport Authority Commissioner, once owned the Lake Springfield Tavern, and ran for state senator in 1966, state representative in 1968, and U.S. Representative in 1970. Cox lost all three races.

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